For your edification, here is how digital sensors actually work, and they're not "analogous" to film:
Originally Posted by zumbido
"Each photosite on a CCD or CMOS chip is composed of a light-sensitive area made of crystal silicon in a photodiode which absorbs photons and releases electrons through the photoelectric effect. The electrons are stored in a well as an electrical charge that is accumulated over the length of the exposure. The electrical charge that is generated is proportional to the number of photons that hit the sensor.There you have it.
This electric charge is then transferred and converted to an analog voltage that is amplified and then sent to an Analog to Digital Converter where it is digitized (turned into a number)."
Just "electrons", "electric charges", "analog voltages", "amplified" analog voltages, and, finally, "digitized" numbers (1s and 0s).
Nowhere in that electronic process is an extant image ever present.
No matter what the Ritz salesman told you ...